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Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2016 Shortlist revealed

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The shortlist for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2016 has now been announced.

The partnerships making up the 2016 shortlist showcase that when the worlds of culture and commerce collide they create something amazing together. The businesses shortlisted range from the worlds of banking and dental to legal and printing. Arts entrants cover a diverse variety of art forms ranging from theatre to music and photography to literature.

Sharon Connolly, Operations Manager, Allianz remarked: “Yet again this year’s submissions reflect the real value that cultural and corporate partnerships  bring to local communities, to  business communities  and to society at large. Many congratulations to all the very worthy projects who have been shortlisted and we look forward to an exciting Allianz Arts & Business NI Award Ceremony in 2016.”

Judges photo

Picture Caption: Members of the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2016 judging panel: Jaime Steele, Paul Blue Dot; Marie Louise Muir, BBC; Brian Beattie, Tennent’s NI; Damian McParland, Millar McCall Wylie and Grainne Walsh, Stratagem. Also pictured, John Graham, business manager, Allianz & Mary Nagele, chief executive, Arts & Business NI. Also on judging panel but not pictured, Dan Gordon, actor, playwright and A&B NI board member and Jackie Entwistle, Strata Marketing

Awards will be made in nine categories, six awards will be presented to the local business community including the prestigious Business of the Year Award. The Arts Award includes a cheque for £3,000 and the Allianz Community Art Award will be presented to the winning organisation alongside a prize fund of £2,000.

Business of the Year Award and Allianz Community Art Award shortlist and winners will be announced on the evening of the Awards.

The judging panel included representatives from the business world and the arts sector and was ably chaired by Actor, Playwright and A&B NI Board Member, Dan Gordon.

Mary Nagele, Chief Executive, Arts & Business NI commented: “Thanks to the judges for collating such an inspired shortlist and to Allianz who continue to give their vital support for these important Awards that celebrate creative partnerships between the worlds of culture and commerce.”

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland commented: “The arts and business worlds are increasingly recognising the benefits of working closer together and it is important to encourage growth in this area. The Arts Council is delighted to support the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards which do so much to recognise and promote the successful and productive partnerships developed in NI and we wish every success to those who made it through to the shortlist.”

The winners will be revealed at the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards ceremony which is taking place at the Grand Opera House, Belfast on Wednesday 20th January 2016.

Follow the ongoing story of the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards on twitter using #AABNIAwards

Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2016 Judging Panel
Dan Gordon, Actor, Playwright and A&B NI Board Member (Chair)
Brian Beattie, Marketing Director, Tennent’s NI
Jackie Entwistle, Strata Marketing
Damian McParland, Millar McCall Wylie, Solicitors 
Marie Louise Muir, Broadcaster, BBC
Jaime Steele, Managing Director, Pale Blue Dot
Grainne Walsh, Head of Consulting, Stratagem

For further media enquiries and images please contact:
Colleen Murray, External Relations Manager on T: 028 9073 5154
M: 07973 418 864 or c.murray@artsandbusinessni.org.uk

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Awards Shortlist

Allianz Arts & Business NI
Corporate Responsibility Award
SHORTLIST
Belfast Harbour & Culture Night Belfast – Cathedral Quarter Trust
Belfast Harbour & Arts Care
Campsie Karting & Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre
Foyleside Shopping Centre & Waterside Theatre & Arts Centre

Allianz Arts & Business NI
Cultural Branding Award
SHORTLIST
Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios & PLACE NI
Gentle Dental Care Belfast & Cinemagic Film and Television Festival
for Young People
Iris Colour & Belfast Photo Festival
Suki Teahouse Ltd & Visual Artists Ireland

Allianz Arts & Business NI
Sustained Partnership Award
SHORTLIST
AES Northern Ireland & Cinemagic Film and Television Festival for
Young People
Exitex Ltd & Sestina Music
Iris Colour & Belfast Photo Festival
Ulster Bank & the MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre)

Allianz Arts & Business NI
Employee Engagement Award
SHORTLIST
Burke Shipping Group & c21 Theatre Company Ltd
Edwards & Co Solicitors & Lyric Theatre
Navigator Blue Communications & South Bank Playhouse

Allianz Arts & Business NI
New Sponsor Award
SHORTLIST
Belfast Harbour & Arts Care
Belfast Harbour & Culture Night Belfast – Cathedral Quarter Trust
Gentle Dental Care Belfast & Cinemagic Film and Television Festival for Young People
Suki Teahouse Ltd & Visual Artists Ireland
Translink & Culture Night Belfast – Cathedral Quarter Trust

Allianz Arts & Business NI
Arts Board Member of Year Award
SHORTLIST
David McCullough & Kabosh
Ellie McGimpsey & Oh Yeah! Music Centre
Glenn Murray & Pintsized Productions
Tony Kennedy & The John Hewitt Society

Allianz Arts & Business NI
Business of the Year Award
Winner announced on the night of the Awards

Allianz Arts & Business NI
Community Art Award
Shortlist and winner announced on the night of the awards

Allianz Arts & Business NI
Arts Award
Arts Care
Belfast Photo Festival
c21 Theatre Company Ltd
Cinemagic Film and Television Festival for Young People
Culture Night Belfast – Cathedral Quarter Trust
Lyric Theatre
Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre
PLACE NI
Sestina Music
South Bank Playhouse
the MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre)
Visual Artists Ireland
Waterside Theatre & Arts Centre